Levin College of Law

Jason P. Nance

Professor of Law
Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development

(352) 273-0610


Jason P. Nance is the Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development and Professor of Law at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. He teaches Education Law, Remedies, Torts, and Introduction to Lawyering. He focuses his research on racial inequalities in the public education system, school discipline, the school-to-prison pipeline, students’ rights, and the legal profession. His scholarship has been published in multiple law reviews and peer-reviewed journals. His research has been cited extensively by courts, party and amicus briefs, law journals, books, treatises, and social science journals and featured in numerous national media outlets. In 2022, he and Professor Michael Heise (Cornell Law School) won the Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) Call for Papers Competition for an article they co-authored. From 2015-2016, Professor Nance served as the reporter for the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Joint Task Force on Reversing the School-to-Prison Pipeline, where he co-authored a report and helped draft resolutions aimed to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline nationwide that were officially adopted by the ABA.

In addition to earning a J.D. at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Professor Nance has a Ph.D. in Education Administration from The Ohio State University, where he also focused on empirical methodology. Prior to joining the University of Florida Levin College of Law in 2011, Professor Nance was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at the Villanova University School of Law and a Visiting Assistant Professor of Applied Statistics at The Ohio State University’s College of Education and Human Ecology. He also was a litigation associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP for several years and clerked for Judge Kent A. Jordan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware. Before attending graduate school and law school, Professor Nance was a public school math teacher in a large, metropolitan school district.


J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School
Ph.D., The Ohio State University
M.A., The Ohio State University
B.A., Brigham Young University

Teaching and Scholarship

Education Law, Empirical Legal Studies, Torts, Remedies, The Legal Profession


  • Education Law, Tort, Remedies, and Introduction to Lawyering



  • Students, Threat, Race, and Police: An Empirical Study, 50 Florida State Law Review __ (forthcoming) (with Michael Heise). [SSRN]
  • School Law Enforcement Officers, Students, and the School-to-Prison Pipeline: A Longitudinal Perspective, 54 Arizona State Law Journal __ (forthcoming 2022) (with Michael Heise). [SSRN]
  • Per Pupil and School Safety Spending: An Empirical Perspective, 47 Journal of Education Finance 225 (2022) (peer reviewed) (with Michael Heise). [SSRN]
  • Do Perceptions Become Reality?: Exploring Principals’ Perceptions, Schools’ SRO/Police Presence, and Student Discipline Reporting Policies, 20 Journal of School Violence 49 (2022) (peer reviewed) (with Michael Heise). [SSRN]
  • To Report or Not to Report: Data on School Law Enforcement, Student Discipline, Race, and the “School-to-Prison Pipeline”, 55 UC Davis Law Review 209 (2021) (with Michael Heise). [SSRN]
  • Defund the (School) Police?: Bringing Data to Key School-to-Prison Pipeline Claims, 111 Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology 717 (2021) (peer reviewed) (with Michael Heise). [SSRN]
  • Implicit Racial Bias and Students’ Fourth Amendment Rights, 94 Indiana Law Journal 47 (2019). [SSRN]
  • Student Surveillance, Racial Inequalities, and Implicit Racial Bias, 66 Emory Law Journal 765 (2017). [SSRN]
  • Students, Police, and the School-to-Prison Pipeline, 93 Washington University Law Review  919 (2016). [SSRN]
  • Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline: Tools for Change, 48 Arizona State Law Journal 313 (2016). [SSRN]
  • An Empirical Analysis of Diversity in the Legal Profession, 47 Connecticut Law Review 271 (2014) (with Paul E. Madsen) [SSRN], reprinted in abbreviated form in Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession: IILP Review 2017: The State of Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession 112-118 (Elizabeth Chambliss et al. eds., 2017). [Link]
  • School Surveillance and the Fourth Amendment, 2014 Wisconsin Law Review 79 (2014). [SSRN]
  • Students, Security, and Race, 63 Emory Law Journal 1 (2013). [SSRN]
  • Random, Suspicionless Searches of Students’ Belongings: A Legal, Empirical, and Normative Analysis, 84 University of Colorado Law Review 367 (2013). [SSRN]
  • The Law Review Article Selection Process: Results from a National Study, 71 Albany Law Review 565 (2008) (with Dylan J. Steinberg). [SSRN]
  • Protecting Students From Abuse: Public School District Liability for Student Sexual Abuse Under State Child Abuse Reporting Laws, 36 Journal of Law & Education 33 (2007) (with Philip T.K. Daniel). [SSRN]
  • Contexts of Accountability Under Systemic Reform: Implications for Principal Influence on Instruction and Supervision, 43 Education Administration Quarterly 3 (2007)  (peer reviewed) (with Helen M. Marks). [SSRN]
  • Public School Administrators and Technology Policy Making, 39 Education Administration Quarterly 434 (2003) (peer reviewed). [SSRN]
  • The Role of the Administrator in Instructional Technology Policy, 2002 BYU Education and Law Journal 211 (with Philip T.K. Daniel). [SSRN]

Book Chapters/Collected Works:

  • Surveillance and Security Practices in Schools, in Oxford Handbook, US K–12 Education Law (Kristi L. Bowman ed., 2021). [Link]
  • The Intersection Between Schools and the Criminal Justice System, in Oxford Handbook of Children and the Law (James G. Dwyer ed., 2020). [Link]
  • The Justifications for a Stronger Federal Response to Address Education Inequalities, in A Federal Right to Education: Fundamental Questions for Our Democracy 35-64 (NYU Press, Kimberly J. Robinson ed., 2019). [Link]
  • Curriculum and Instruction Policy in the Context of Multiple Accountabilities, in Improving Schools: Studies in Leadership and Culture 193–221 (Wayne K. Hoy & Michael DiPaola eds., 2008) (with Helen M. Marks). [Link]

Shorter Works:

  • We Need Better Data to Understand the Impact of Law Enforcement Officers in Schools, The Hill (April 2, 2022). [Link]
  • Following Data: The “Defund the Police” Movement’s Implications for Elementary and Secondary Schools, 110 Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology Online 63 (2020) (with Michael Heise). [Link]
  • Rethinking Law Enforcement Officers in Schools, 84 George Washington University Law Review Arguendo 151 (2016). [SSRN]
  • Over-Disciplining Students, Racial Bias, and the School-to-Prison Pipeline, 50 University of Richmond Law Review 1063 (2016). [SSRN]
  • Teachers, SROs Must Learn to Manage Students Without Using Justice System, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (Sept. 6, 2016), also published in Youth Today (Sept. 6, 2016). [Link]
  • Strategies, Tools for Educators to Dismantle School-to-Prison Pipeline, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (Aug. 11, 2016), also published in Youth Today (Aug. 11, 2016). [Link]
  • ABA Task Force Wants to Help Disrupt School-to-Prison Pipeline, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (Feb. 12, 2016) (with Sarah E. Redfield), also published in Youth Today (Feb, 12, 2016). [Link]
  • School Security Considerations After Newtown, 65 Stanford Law Review Online 103 (2013). [SSRN]
  • Fostering Safe Learning Environments, 71 Educational Leadership (Sept. 1, 2013). [Link]


  • American Bar Association’s Joint Task Force on Reversing the School-to-Prison Pipeline Preliminary Report (Feb. 2016) (with Sarah E. Redfield), reprinted in 47 University of Memphis Law Review 1 (2016). [SSRN]